How to Choose an Outdoor Rug for your Porch or Patio

How to Choose an Outdoor Rug for your Porch or Patio


Designing an outdoor living space can be very exciting because there are endless possibilities. A great place to start is with an outdoor rug. Whether you have a small nook or a large patio, outdoor rugs are the perfect choice! They are economical, durable, easy to clean and colorful! The right outdoor rug can set the tone for your patio or deck décor. But where to start? Here are some things to consider as you look for your perfect outdoor rug.

What is the Vision for your outdoor space?

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Designing an outdoor space is similar to an indoor space. Consider how you want the space to feel, and what the space is being used for. Is it a sitting area on your deck to relax and enjoy the day with friends and family? Is it an outdoor eating area for grilling out, or pool parties? Or is this area your front porch where you want to make anyone that steps foot on it feel welcomed?


Choosing the correct Size Outdoor Rug

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Selecting the right size for your outdoor rug is really based on the layout of your deck or patio. Outdoor rugs come in a plethora of sizes, ranging from 2x3’s to 11x14’s. When deciding on the size of rug that you need, consider your space and what you are trying to create in that space.  


A 2x3 rug can be great for a small space. If your entryway is larger, try using a 3x5 or 4x6 to give it a little more flare or umph! This gives a touch of color and serves the purpose of welcoming guests into your home.

Large porches, decks or patios:

Select from a range of 5x8 to 9x12 depending on what look you are trying to achieve. You could make a small sitting area to anchor your rug with patio furniture such as chairs, benches and tables. When placing your rug be sure to allow 12-24 inches from the rug’s edges to the perimeter of your patio space.

Materials and maintenance of your outdoor rug

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Selecting the material of your rug might not seem as important now, but it makes a big difference down the road. Your outdoor rug material determines how much time you will have to spend on maintenance. Conditions such as moisture and UV rays can deteriorate your rug overtime, so it is important to stay vigilant. Outdoor rugs have two main categories:


Synthetic Fiber Rugs

These rugs are made of polypropylene on the face and back of the rug. This is what makes an outdoor rug waterproof, and perfect for your porch or patio. Polypyrene can be scrubbed and hosed down, making clean up a quick and easy task. However, they are not as soft and organic as natural materials. The durability of the material make synthetic fiber outdoor rugs a good choice for certain areas of high traffic indoors, such as a mudroom or foyers.


Natural Fiber Rugs

Rugs in this category can look great on a deck or porch, but material choice is more important. Common materials like jute and seagrass rugs cannot be used outside. Bamboo or sisal are a great choice for a covered porch away from moisture and can connect the space to it’s outdoor scenery. Polyester is the most common natural fiber rug. It is stain and flame resistant, meaning cookout accidents aren't the end of your outdoor rug. You will need to bring this rug inside in the event of inclement weather.

Cleaning Your Outdoor Rug

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Taking care of your outdoor rug is easy! Be sure to give it an occasional sweeping or shaking to remove any debris. They can be spot cleaned with a mild soap and water and depending on the material, hosed off. Just be sure to let your rug dry thoroughly, either by draping your rug over a railing or laying it in the warm sun. If you want to store your rug for the winter, do the above and then roll it up and put in a corner of the garage. If you do not have the space, you can wrap it in a tarp and place it standing in the corner of your yard and it will be ready for use come next spring. With a little care you can get years out of your outdoor rug. If you leave your rug out all year long in the elements, you are looking at about a two year lifespan. Either scenario is dependent on the environment you have your rug in and how you take care of your rug.

Designing your porch, patio or deck can be exhilarating. With so many rug colors and materials to choose from, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether it is an evening of s’mores in the fall or a pool day in the summer, your outdoor space needs the right rug. Browse our selection of outdoor rug and let us ship it right to your door for free!


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